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SHSU football prepares for third round against Montana State

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Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Updated: Friday, December 9, 2011 13:12

[SHSU football prepares for third round game against Montana State] [12/8/11]

Jessica Gomez

Running back Tim Flanders rushes the ball against Stony Brook

Coming off a nail-biter game against Stony Brook, the Bearkat football team is preparing to take on the Montana State Bobcats in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs on Saturday.

With the win the team improved their record to 12-0 and extended their overall win streak to 14, the longest active streak in Division I.

In that game, the Bearkat offense started slow, but was able to open up in the second half, rushing for 182 yards total (144 in the second half) and a combined 343 yards.

 "We had a very hard fought ball game against Stony Brook," Bearkat head coach Willie Fritz said. "We got behind early, but the guys did a great job coming back."

Montana State (10-2) is coming off a narrow 26-25 win against New Hampshire. Down 26-19 with seven seconds to go, New Hampshire scored to make the score 26-25.

But, Montana State was able to get through and block the point after touchdown securing the win for Montana State.

Comparing the Teams

Against Stony Brook, the Bearkat defense struggled, allowing 376 yards, and 226 of those came off of play action passes.

It won't get any easier for the Bearkat secondary, as Montana State averages 213 passing yards a game.

They are led by quarterback DeNarius McGhee. In 12 games this season, McGhee has completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,527 yards and 23 touchdowns.  

Overall, the Bobcats average 436 yards a game, good for the 12th best in the FCS.

Running back Cody Kirk leads the team in rushing, picking up 1,329 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns. Running back Tray Robinson has also picked up 599 yards and rushed for five touchdowns.

The Bobcat defense is expected to have a tough time against a Sam Houston squad that rushes for 244 yards a game, ranking eighth in the FCS.

But the Bobcat defense ranks as one of the top in the FCS, allowing just 315 yards a game, including just 125 rushing yards.

The Bearkats are led offensively by running back Tim Flanders. This season, Flanders has rushed 1,235 yards and scored 21 rushing touchdowns.

Out of the "Wild Bearkat" formation, wide receiver Richard Sincere has rushed for 756 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

Both Flanders and Sincere will be utilized as receivers as well. Sincere leads the team in receiving yardage with 406 yards and scored on three receiving touchdowns. Flanders has 28 receptions for 404 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Brian Bell has been an integral part of the team, throwing for 1,768 yards, 16 touchdowns, and more importantly only throwing 3 interceptions.

Game Information

The game on Saturday will be broadcasted on national television on ESPN and kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m.

"It's really exciting to have the game on ESPN," Fritz said. "But when the ball is kicked off, it's just a regular ballgame."

 Tickets for Saturday's game against Montana State are still available. Students can purchase their ticket in Bearkat Plaza during the week for $5.

On Monday, the university announced that reserved seating at the game has sold out. General admission tickets are still available and can be purchased online.

For more information about the football team, including ticketing, visit gobearkats.com.  

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